The Encounter

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
The Encounter - Complicite
Image courtesy of HOME Manchester.

The Encounter at HOME Manchester, Manchester 15 March — 25 May 2020 Entrance is free — Visit now

This month Complicité will be making their show The Encounter, recorded from the Barbican in London, available to watch on their website and on their YouTube channel. This extraordinary production wowed on HOME Manchester‘s stage in 2016 – and although we can’t wait until we’re back in the audience at HOME – we’re thrilled that we get another chance to experience this show online. Just don’t forget your headphones.

This stunning binaural production by Complicité is inspired by Petru Popescu’s novel, Amazon Beaming. By combining 3D audio technology with dynamic storytelling, The Encounter is an intense and intimate show which weaves its way into your mind, becoming as much about the storytelling as the narrative itself.

In 1969, photographer Loren McIntyre was dropped into a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest to make contact with the Mayoruna people for a feature he was working on for the National Geographic. Tracing McIntyre’s steps into the dense Amazon rainforest, solo performer Simon McBurney retells this powerful story.

McBurney’s rich and complex storytelling draws us close as he creates the Amazonian soundscape from everyday objects and familiar vocal sounds. It’s a totally immersive and remarkable piece of theatre – the sounds of the jungle take over your mind and the intensity is immense, like a mosquito buzzing close to your ear.

The Encounter is a richly layered exploration of the importance of stories, the fascination with different cultures and the influence of time and technology upon our lives. Recommended.

The Encounter at HOME Manchester, Manchester 15 March — 25 May 2020 Entrance is free Visit now


Session Features
15 — 25 May 2020
7:00pm — 10:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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Where to go near The Encounter

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The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

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Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

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Burgess Cafe Bar

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

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Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

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The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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